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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.

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Items Signed by Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)

 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)

Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)
 Hurricanes of No.605 Squadron, October 1940.  Aircraft pictured are P3308 UP-A of A A McKellar and N2471 of P Parrott.

Enemy Approaching by David Pentland. (P)
 On 14th June 1940, the first German jackboots were heard on the streets of Paris. Within days France signed an armistice and Hitler could now turn his avaricious eyes north and across the grey waters of the Channel. The island of Britain stood alone and, faced with the threat of imminent invasion, few gave her much chance of survival. Before the all-conquering Panzers could invade, Germany needed to gain air superiority and Goering boasted that his Luftwaffe 'would quickly sweep the RAF from the skies' – how wrong he would be. The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940 and for the next eight weeks most front-line squadrons were often flying four missions a day. Totally outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the RAF was close to breaking point by early September, with some units reduced to a handful of pilots and aircraft. Then on 7th September, an over-confident Goering made a fatal error. Believing the RAF destroyed, he changed tactics and the Luftwaffe began bombing civilian targets in London. It was the respite that Fighter Command needed and the tide of battle was turned. Against overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds, a replenished RAF repelled the Luftwaffe and by the end of October it was over. Richard Taylor's stunning painting depicts Mk1 Spitfires from 92 Squadron undertaking a defensive sweep along the Kent coastline against a dramatic backdrop of the white cliffs of Dover, at the height of the battle in September 1940.

Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.
 A lone Spitfire Mk.1a of 19 Squadron at Duxford awaits its ground crew after a hard day of combat during the intense fighting of September 1940.

Duxford 1940 by Simon Atack.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 1st August
1August1940Australian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O B. M. McDonough of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
1August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Sub Lt. I. H. Kestin of 145 Squadron, was Killed.
1August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O B. Nokes-Cooper of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
1August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. P. E. Drew of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
1August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. A. P. Head of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
1August1940Gladiator K7974 Mk.I , RT-O, - Pilot Officer Percy Oliver Valentine Green claimed a Ca133
1August1940Llanion Barracks, Pembroke, were bombed during the night with one soldier was killed and six injured.
1August1940No.145 Squadron Hurricanes intercepted a group of German bombers heading towards Dungeoness at 1450 hours and shot down one Hs126 and probabaly one Ju88
1August1940No.145 Squadron lost one Hurricane
1August1940No.242 Squadron Hurricanes shot down one Ju88 and possibly one He111 while they were attacking a convoy off Yarmouth
1August1940No.29 Squadron at 0015 hours mistakenly shot down a Fairey Battle of No.1 Group.
1August1940Norwich was bombed at 1510 hours with considerable damage caused to the works of Boulton and Paul which were hit by High Explosive and Incendury Bombs causing a fire
1August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 664 with 341 Hurricanes, 245 Spitfires, 57 Blenheims, amd 21 Defiants
1August1940Oberfeldwebel Hans Richter of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
1August1940Oberfeldwebel Michael Hauer of JG 54 shot down a Blenheim
1August1940Oberleutnant Ernst Düllberg of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
1August1940Oberleutnant Franz Eckerle of JG 54 shot down a Blenheim
1August1940Oberleutnant Walter Adolph of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
1August1940Pilot Officer Percy O V Green of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a Ca133
1August1940Royal Air Force flew 207 patrols involving 694 fighters
1August1940SS Highlander reported to have been attacked by two enemy aircraft at about 2345 hours, 6 miles south of Stonehaven. She claims that one He115 was brought down by a Holman projector and crashed on the poop deck, and that the other aircraft crashed into the sea in flames due to Lewis gun fire.
1August1940Spitfire K9829 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations, Sgt Ridley OK.
1August1940Spitfire K9879 Mk.Ia - Crashed into ground after pilot suffered oxygen starvation, near Crewkerne, Somerset. Lt/Cmdr Kingdon killed.
1August1940Spitfire P9461 Mk.Ia - Damaged after wing hit ground in night landing at Drem.
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 1st August


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